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Chimney Swifts Are Putting on Impressive Nightly Show in Mokena

The village building is in the older section of Mokena, and the chimney swifts have been congregating there in the fall for at least the past several years.

Five Bloody Good Facts About Mosquitoes

Here's a little something to read while you're busy itching and scratching all those bites.

Police Entrance Closed During Improvement Work

Improvements being made to the Forest Preserve police department's entrance will temporarily re-route visitors.

Heartwarming 'Hug' Embraces Top Honors for September Photo Contest

Channahon woman's photo of a mom and baby squirrel embracing at McKinley Woods is the fifth finalist in the eight-month-long Preserve the Moment photo contest.

Volunteer Spotlight: Barb Ferry, the 'Matchmaker'

Barb Ferry has been volunteering with the district for more than 15 years, and one of the roles she plays is to match up potential volunteers with work that fits their interests.

Hastert-Bechstein Preserve

The 17-acre Hastert-Bechstein Preserve was acquired in 1992. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Huyck's Grove Preserve

The 504-acre Huyck's Grove Preserve was acquired between 2006 and 2008. The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Jackson Creek Preserve

The 374-acre Jackson Creek Preserve was acquired between 2006 and 2009. The preserve is part of the Jackson Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 460 acres.

John Wesley Preserve

The 274-acre John Wesley Preserve was acquired between 2006 and 2008. The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Kankakee Sands Preserve

The 555-acre Kankakee Sands Preserve was acquired between 1999 and 2012. The preserve is part of the Kankakee Sands preservation system, which conserves more than 1,200 acres.

Lake of the Woods Preserve

The 3-acre Lake of the Woods Preserve was acquired in 1998. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Plum Valley Ravines

The 825-acre Plum Valley Ravines was acquired between 1979 and 2003. The preserve is part of the Plum Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,300 acres of land.

Potawatomi Woods Preserve

The 114-acre Potawatomi Woods Preserve was acquired in 2000. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Prairie Creek Preserve

The 121-acre Prairie Creek Preserve was acquired in 2006. The preserve comprises the Prairie Creek preservation system.

Lambs Woods

The 75-acre Lambs Woods was acquired in 1971. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Laughton Preserve

The 430-acre Laughton Preserve was acquired between 1931 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve

The 320-acre Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve was acquired in 2011 and 2015. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Lower Rock Run Preserve – I&M Canal Access

The 372-acre Lower Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1989 and 2003. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

Lower Rock Run Preserve – McClintock Road Access

The 372-acre Lower Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1989 and 2003. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access

The 445-acre Hammel Woods was acquired between 1930 and 2011. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Hickory Creek Barrens

The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was acquired between 1942 and 2010. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access

The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was acquired between 1942 and 2010. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Hunters Woods

The 43-acre Hunters Woods was acquired between 1973 and 1975. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Wildlife Viewing

The Forest Preserve works to protect wildlife, especially threatened or endangered species, in its preserves. Enjoy the viewing of this wildlife at a variety of locations throughout Will County.

Lambs Woods

Lambs Woods has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter. Groups smaller than 25 also can purchase a permit, which grants exclusive use of a shelter for the entire day.

Rock Run Preserve

Rock Run Preserve has one shelter available at the Black Road Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter

Rock Run Rookery Preserve

Rock Run Rookery Preserve has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Runyon Preserve

Runyon Preserve has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Theodore Marsh

Theodore Marsh has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Veterans Woods

Veterans Woods has two shelters available at Roy F. Hassert Grove and Traders Corner, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Rock Run Preserve – Black Road Access

The 320-acre Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1990 and 2009. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

Runyon Preserve

The 21-acre Runyon Preserve was acquired between 1934 and 2004. The preserve is part of the Fiddyment Creek preservation system, which conserves nearly 300 acres.

Hickory Creek Preserve

Hickory Creek Preserve has three shelters available at Hickory Creek Junction and the LaPorte Road Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Sauk Trail Reservoir

The 242-acre Sauk Trail Reservoir was acquired between 1976 and 1978. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Teale Woods Preserve

The 14-acre Teale Woods Preserve was acquired in 1994. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

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